Can you picture yourself behind the wheel of Ferrari’s newest model 488, zipping down the Tuscan country side? Discovering Italy in a Ferrari… what an amazing experience!
I was invited by Red Travel, a company I discovered at a trade show in Cannes, to spend a weekend at Villa La Massa and sample their product. Red Travel specializes in a very unique concept: tours by Ferrari. This is not a rental car company where you pick up a Ferrari and race down the unfamiliar roads of Tuscany or any other part of Italy. Red Travel plans every detail of your road trip: a stop for coffee break, a place for lunch, a visit to a winery, and even a visit to a specific site along the way.
Your tour director, a “Ferrari Pilot”, leads the way. He is in constant contact with you, letting you know of every bump along the road, when to slow down, how to take the curve, and when the road opens you can step on the accelerator and feel the adrenaline rush. There is nothing quite like a first-hand experience and until I tried it myself, I had no idea just how special this was.
Red Travel offers various types of vehicles, most of which are the latest Ferrari models. All routes are carefully mapped out to provide each driver with a “race track-like” experience with scenery to match. The vehicle itself? Beyond anything you can imagine. You can choose how to drive: automatic or manual; top up (hard top) or convertible. When I was a pilot, I opted for “automatic” and drove as fast as the speed limit would allow. Then I switched seats and became a copilot and listened to the engine roar as my partner opted to drive this amazing machine manually.
Who is the ideal candidate for this type of experience? Anyone that enjoys cars, driving, scenery, and sightseeing along the way, and those that just like to drive the Mile Miglia road. This historic endurance race, which started in 1927, was reborn in 1977 and since then is a regular race for classic and vintage race cars.
You can drive for just a day from a base either in Florence or Rome or opt for a 3-day drive from Rome to Florence along the Mile Miglia road. And if the budget allows, why not spend a week discovering various corners of Italy? Red Travel is very flexible and will customize any itinerary to fit your needs. This is not an inexpensive experience, but I assure you, it is an experience you are unlikely to forget.
Imagine pairing the Ferrari with Villa La Massa? You can find this 16th century sprawling estate just a few miles outside the city center of Florence, perfectly positioned on the banks of the Arno River. With a total of 37 rooms and suites located in 3 separate buildings–the Noble Villa, the Mill and the Villino–it feels like a home, a peaceful oasis spread over 22 acres of manicured grounds studded with lemon trees and olive groves. There is a small spa and a restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Arno where you can sip your Prosecco and listen to the sounds of nature.
For more information on Ferrari tours or Villa La Massa, call (800) 313-1274 or email me.
I have experienced it and I will be able to help you decide on just the right accommodations
and the driving route that is just right for you.